Saturday 23 September 2017

Meditation helped X Factor's Tamera focus and remember her lyrics

Shereen Low

Axed X Factor contestant Tamera Foster told today how hypnotherapy helped her remember song lyrics and focus on her stage performances.

The 16-year-old singer from Kent, who was booted out of the ITV show last night after losing the sing-off to Luke Friend, admitted she sought help from a professional after bungling the lyrics in her performances during the preceding weeks.

"I had hypnotherapy to help me get over that and I didn't let him hypnotise me because I was too scared. So he put me into a deep meditation and that basically got me into a positive mindset and boosted my confidence," she said.

"He tapped into my subconscious so that really helped me out. I think I've really learnt from that. He taught me a few exercises to do before my performances to get me into the zone, so I think I will do those before every performance, because I found on the Saturday, it did help me.

"I had my two performances and I didn't forget a word and I could do the choreography as well," she added.

Foster, the last in Nicole Scherzinger's "girls" group following the exits of Hannah Barrett and Abi Alton, said she was not disappointed to be voted out. Her fate was sealed after the judges' votes were tied, leading to deadlock, which is based on the public's votes.

GIRLS: Tamera Foster
GIRLS: Tamera Foster
BOYS: Nicholas McDonald
OVERS: Shelley Smith
OVERS: Lorna Simpson
GROUPS: Rough Copy
GIRLS: Abi Alton
GIRLS: Hannah Barrett
OVERS: Sam Bailey
BOYS: Sam Callahan
GROUPS: Kingsland Road
BOYS: Luke Friend
GROUPS: Miss Dynamix

"I didn't really mind going out this week because I'm quite proud of myself for getting to week eight," she said.

"Being in the final five out of 16 is a brilliant accomplishment for me. I'm not really beating myself up, thinking much about it."

The singer has been romantically linked to fellow X Factor contestant Sam Callahan and One Direction's Niall Horan. And she teased there may be some truth to rumours about her and Callahan, saying: "Maybe, maybe."

Foster said the show has introduced her to "some great friends" and she will pursue her performing dream through hard work.

"I love everyone I've met so far, even the crew - they're amazing people. (I can take away) a lot of experience, and hopefully a banging career.

"That was always the plan. I've always known what I wanted to be so now I've had that amazing platform, I'm going to work even more harder than I ever have before to get where I want to be," she continued.

"I think one of my highlights was the judges' house, being able to perform Mary J Blige's song to her. That, for me, was a crazy honour. I love her so much, so being able to sing her song to her was just amazing; it was overwhelming."

Foster, who plans to "ride solo" after entering the competition as a duo, praised mentor Nicole for her advice and support.

"Nicole's like my sister. I can tell her anything and go to her with anything - she's hilarious, as everyone knows. She's so humble and down to earth. I don't think I could have asked for a better mentor," she said.

"We've been able to spend a lot more time, so we've been able to get to know each other on such a better level than we did before."

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